• OLD UPDATES... 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002

    UPDATED 04/01/07

  • Cleaned the site up a bit, split the front page up into several sub-pages (see new links in frame above)
  • Incorporated all of the 2006 images/data into the respective guitar pages. Most guitars should be fairly up to date in terms of the 21st century.
  • Added some cool, non-TV sourced images for a bunch of old 80s gtrs, like Lee's Viper, Kapas, Blue Jazz copy, Kent and Thurston's old wood Jag and Marauder. I stole these from somewhere, if the lensmaster wants credit please write!
  • Another stolen guitar was recovered! But not one you might think...the aforementioned Gibson Marauder (the original 'Expressway' gtr) stolen before a gig on 11/22/86 somehow found its way back into SY's hands, or at least that's how it appears...
  • There's some other stuff here & there, look around...send your comments!
  • Thanks to Patrick & Jason for helping get things organized.


    UPDATE 08/13/06
    RATHER RIPPED GEAR REVEALED!

    Howdy folks...this update is going to be mostly focused on this front page -- I will update the individual guitar pages w/ this info later. For now, refer to the following for your 2006 info!

    I took over 200 photographs of SY's gear before soundcheck at the Fillmore in San Francisco on July 14, 2006, and have incorporated the majority of them into the site. Be warned -- they're huge, but detail freaks will be delighted. All the pictures open in the frame, so I suggest right clicking and opening in a new window if you want them to resize to fit your screen. Apologies for the occasional blurriness...

    I'm really thrilled to be able to provide these pix, and I'd greatly appreciate if they weren't reproduced elsewhere. I've added some comments where necessary... if you have any comments, send me an e-mail! Enjoy!

    GUITARS

    THURSTON

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (BLACK) -- Thurston is still using this for CGDGCD. It's used for about half of the new record: Reena, What a Waste, Turquoise Boy, Lights Out, and The Neutral. He's also using it for "Sunday" now instead of retuning to CGDGBB, since he doesn't actually use the high strings for that song. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (SUNBURST) -- Thurston is still using this for F#F#F#F#EB. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (SUNBURST) -- This a '64 sunburst Fender Jazzmaster. Thurston's been using it for a while but I'd previously thought it was the same as the above guitar, which is just a Japanese standard Jazzmaster. It turns out that this guitar, which was used exclusively on "I Love You Golden Blue" for the past couple years, was actually tuned F#F#F#F#EB w/ the bottom 3 F#s in unison, and the 4th F# an octave above (rather than 2 pairs like the 'Kool Thing' etc tuning)). This guitar is NOW being used as the main guitar for about half the new set: Incinerate, Rapture?, Sleepin Around, Jams Run Free, Pink Steam, and Or. It is tuned to a new tuning: D D# A# D# G G // New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (BLUE) -- Thurston is still using this for GGDDD#D#. This guitar is probably Thurston's most abused -- the headstock has been glued back together among other visible surgery. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (GOLD) -- Thurston is still using this for EG#EG#EG#. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (SEAFOAM) -- Thurston is still using this for F#F#GGAA. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    NEW DRIFTER -- Thurston is still using this for, well, the only thing it does. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

    LEE

    FENDER TELECASTER DELUXE (F-HOLE) -- This guitar is finally back in Lee's arsenal after being stolen in '99 and subsequently recovered in fall 2005. The Travis Bean that was found along with this one will likely not return to the stage, however. They fixed the F-hole Tele enough to make it playable, and Lee uses it in a new tuning (D#A#D#BC#F#) on "Rats" and "Jams Run Free". New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE

    FENDER TELECASTER DELUXE (FRUIT) -- Lee is now using this guitar for the classic 'Confusion' tuning EADECD (for Shaking Hell and World Looks Red). New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE

    FENDER TELECASTER DELUXE (SUNBURST) -- Lee is now using this guitar for EBEEAB. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (CORAL) -- Lee is still using this for CGDCGD. It's featured a lot on the new record: Reena, Waste, Lights Out, The Neutral. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (CREAM) -- Lee is using this for DDDDAA now. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (GREEN) -- Lee is still using this for GGDDxx (D#/F/G on top depending on the song). New pics: ONE TWO

    FENDER JAZZMASTER (MAGENTA) -- Jim was using this when he first joined the band -- back then it had a Strat neck on it. Now it's been converted to a Jazzblaster and is used for F#F#GGAA. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    GIBSON LES PAUL -- This was previously Thurston's main guitar on the NYC Ghosts & Flowers tour. Lee appears to have taken it over for the new 'Rather Ripped' material tuning, which began as D D# A# D# G G but ended up, for Lee, as D#D#A#D#GG. He uses this on a lot of the new set: Incinerate, Rapture?, Sleepin, & Pink Steam. For 'Sleepin Around' he retunes to D D# A# D# G C // New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

    CUSTOM F-HOLE JAZZBLASTER (RED) -- Lee is still using this guitar for GGDGGA. I'm not sure if he retunes to GGDAGA for Sunday -- he may have comprised like Thurston. This is used for 'Turquoise Boy'. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE

    CUSTOM F-HOLE JAZZBLASTER (SUNBURST) -- This was a replacement for the Red F-hole Jazzblaster in GGDGGA on the Nurse tour, but Lee is now using it for "Incinerate" (as of San Francisco). He prefers it to the Les Paul for that song because it has a whammy bar. Same tuning: D#D#A#D#GG // New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

    DEMEL 12-STRING -- This is the guitar from the Corporate Ghost DVD X-Ray cover. It has some active onboard electronics/effects. Lee uses it for EG#EG#EG#. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX

    FENDER XII -- Lee is still using this for EG#EG#EG#, but the Demel seems to have taken its place. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FENDER SUBSONIC -- Lee is still using this for EEBEBB. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FENDER SUBSONIC -- Another SubSonic, Lee might be using this for EEBEBB, or possibly F#F#GGAA. New pics: ONE TWO

    TRAVIS BEAN (YELLOW) -- Lee is still using this for F#F#F#F#EB. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    FERNANDES STRAT -- Lee is still using this for AAEEAA. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

    EPIPHONE CASINO -- Lee's previous Casino broke, so this is a replacement. It was in the process of being strung when I photographed it. This guitar is also in F#F#AAEE, for Shadow of a Doubt. New pics: ONE TWO

    MARTIN ACOUSTIC -- I don't have a pic of this yet, but Lee uses a Martin acoustic tuned to D#D#A#D#GG for "Or".

    KIM

    GIBSON EB-0 BASS -- This is still Kim's main bass. She's only playing bass on songs that she doesn't sing (or play guitar on) -- for Reena, Waste, Jams, and Neutral, Mark plays bass and Kim sings/dances. She picks the bass up for parts of Turquoise Boy, when she's not singing. For old material that Thurston sings, she and Mark both play bass. New pics: ONE TWO

    ETERNA -- Kim is still using this for DADABB. She uses it on 'Rats' w/ a capo on the 1st fret, and makes a beautiful racket w/ a slide. New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE

    FENDER JAGUAR (RED) -- Kim was using this for Mariah/etc on the last tour, she now uses it in standard tuning (!) on "Shaking Hell". New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

    GIBSON LES PAUL JUNIOR -- Kim is still using this for GGDDD#D#. New pics: ONE TWO THREE

    MARK

    FENDER PRECISION BASS -- I'm not sure if this is Mark's or if he found it in SY's stash, but it's his primary bass for the 2006 tour. Thurston plays it on "Rats" and "Shaking Hell". New pics: ONE

    FENDER TELECASTER DELUXE -- This is Lee's guitar but Mark plays it on "Rats" while Thurston plays bass, in the same tuning as Lee (D#A#D#BC#F#). New pics: ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE

    AMPS

    THURSTON

    Thurston is using the following amp setup:

  • Peavey Roadmaster head (Vintage Tube Series) w/ Marshall JCM 900 4x12 cab
  • Toneworks DTR-1 Digital Tuner
  • Fender Twin Reverb (for Panasonic tape deck/radio + contact mic thru gain pedal)

  • Thurston's guitar amp
  • Peavey head
  • Peavey head/tuner
  • Close-up of head/tuner
  • Back of head
  • Panasonic radio
  • Twin Reverb
  • Boost pedal

    LEE

    Lee is using the following amp setup:

  • Fender Super Reverb head w/ Fender 4x10" cab
  • Toneworks DTR-1 Digital Tuner& ETA Systems PD8L Rack Illuminator
  • Spare Fender Super Reverb

  • Lee's amp
  • Fender head w/ Tuner/Illuminator
  • Spare Super Reverb
  • Lee's devices
  • Lee's devices
  • Lee's devices

    KIM

    Kim is using the following amp setup:

  • Ampeg SVT-3 Pro head w/ Ampeg Classic 8x12" (?) cab
  • Peavey Rockmaster head thru Fender 2x15" (?) cab

  • Kim's Ampeg
  • Kim's Whirlwind amp selector
  • Peavey/Fender stack
  • Peavey head
  • Peavey head
  • Back of Peavey
  • Ampeg head
  • Ampeg head

    MARK

    Mark is using the following amp setup:

  • Ampeg SVT-2 Pro head w/ 2 Ampeg Classic 4x12" cabs

  • Mark's stack
  • Ampeg head
  • Ampeg head

    EFFECTS

    THURSTON

    Thurston is using the following effects:

  • Mutron Wah-Vol
  • Sovtek Big Muff
  • Turbo Rat
  • Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
  • MXR Phase 90
  • MXR Blue Box

  • Thurston's pedals
  • Wah/Vol, Muff, Rat
  • Octave Fuzz, Phase 90, Blue Box
  • Thurston's pedals
  • Thurston's pedals from other side
  • Wah/Vol
  • Big Muff
  • Rat
  • Octave Fuzz/Phase 90
  • Blue Box

    LEE

    Lee is using the following effects:

  • DOD 2-Second Delay
  • Klon Centaur
  • Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor
  • Ibanez AD-80 Analog Delay
  • MXR Blue Box
  • Danelectro Wasabi
  • Custom "Honey Bee"
  • Electro-Harmonix Microsynth
  • Ernie Ball Expression Pedal (for Moogerfooger)
  • Moogerfooger Ring Modulator

  • 2-second Delay, Klon, Tube Factor, Analog Delay, Blue Box, Wasabi, Honey Bee
  • Blue Box, Wasabi, Honeybee, Microsynth, Expression Pedal, Moogerfooger
  • 2-Second Delay, Klon
  • Tube Factor, Analog Delay, Blue Box, Wasabi
  • Wasabi, Honey Bee
  • Honey Bee, Microsynth, Exp Pedal
  • Microsynth, Exp Pedal, Moogerfooger
  • 2-Second Delay
  • Klon Centaur
  • Tube Factor (w/ slide)
  • AD-80, Blue Box
  • Pedal Power w/ E-Bow
  • Wasabi, Honey Bee
  • Micro-Synth
  • Expression Pedal
  • Moogerfooger

    KIM

    Kim is using the following effects:

  • Ibanez AD-9 Analog Delay
  • Mutron Wah-Vol
  • T.C. Electronic Phaser
  • Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer
  • Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz
  • Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

  • Delay, Wah/Vol, Phaser, Tube Screamer
  • Octave Fuzz, Hot Tubes, bass DI, Tuner
  • Delay, Wah/Vol, Phaser
  • Tube Screamer, Octave Fuzz, Hot Tubes
  • Hot Tubes, DI, Tuner
  • AD-9 Analog Delay
  • Wah-Vol
  • Phaser
  • Phaser/Tube Screamer
  • Tube Screamer
  • Octave Fuzz
  • Hot Tubes
  • DI/Tuner

    MARK

    Mark is using the following effects:

  • Prunes & Custard
  • SansAmp GT2
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

  • Prunes & Custard, SansAmp, Tuner
  • Prunes & Custard, SansAmp, Tuner
  • Prunes & Custard

    STEVE

    Here are 11 pictures of Steve's kit from a variety of angles, including his assortment of percussion (gongs, mallets, tambourine, etc). Also, take note of the device on his drum stool - the "Thumper" -- which thumps his seat everytime he hits the kick drum.

  • Drums 01
  • Drums 02
  • Drums 03
  • Drums 04
  • Drums 05
  • Drums 06
  • Drums 07
  • Drums 08
  • Drums 09
  • Drums 10
  • Drums 11

    ...and that's it. Here are some miscellaneous shots, the guitar necks might make for good wallpaper. Send me your comments! // Chris 08/13/06

    LEE'S GTRS 1
    LEE'S GTRS 2
    LEE'S GTRS 3
    LEE'S GTRS 4
    THURSTON AND KIM'S GTRS
    EMPTY FILLMORE
     


    UPDATE 10/22/05

    Two more guitars have been recovered, see here or more specifically here for more details.

    I've also added a trivial new feature, which I'd hoped would have more content upon launch. It's fairly self-explanatory: check it out...

    Oh, and:

    OKAY, if you're interested in what guitars SY have been using during 2005, I've prepared a graph detailing their gear on a song-by-song basis. It's available here. Enjoy!

    UPDATE 7/15/04

    OKAY, if you're interested in what guitars SY have been using during 2004, I've prepared a graph detailing their gear on a song-by-song basis. It's available here. Enjoy!

    UPDATE 7/6/03

    OKAY, if you're interested in what guitars SY have been using during 2003, I've prepared a graph detailing their gear on a song-by-song basis. It's available here. Enjoy!

    UPDATE 2/11/03

    Thought it was about time I revisited this site. Minor updates to the following:

    hagstrom
    sugar kane gtr
    superstar gtr
    black jazz
    new drifter
    univox
    epiphone casino
    duo sonic
    red jazz
    epiphone genesis
    black stang
    g&l tele
    SG
    travis bean
    dearmond
    ibanez talman
    silvertone
    firebird
    hollywood hollowbody
    musicmaster/mustang
    ovation magnum I
    gibson EB-0
    gibson EB-2

    Thanks to the following: nick, ben etkin, malcom, thomas cooper, oskar ekstrom, patrick sanders, lzdmn, matthew j reardon, patrick suddath, ricky sutton, henrik jakobsen, roberto mallo garcia, neale scott, jolan lisle-oakley, bastian stein, david rodriguez, ryan sprawlnc86, jean-nicolas raymond, george, skot, jdegreg102, dan jenkins, john lewiston, steve lynch, & leuan george.

    UPDATE 9/5/02

    This is the one you've been waiting for, folks. The North American Murray Street tour has ended, but not before I had the chance to photograph each and every guitar, effects pedal, amplifier, and organ in SY's touring arsenal prior to soundcheck on August 30th in Portland, Oregon. My eternal thanks to Sonic techs Nic Close and Eric Baecht, who were beyond accomodating and extremely helpful -- my only regret is that I didn't bring more film to capture all of the tiny things nobody ever sees like stageside tech notes, things scrawled on the undersides or headstocks of guitars, all of the broken effects pedals in suitcases offstage, etc etc -- but hopefully what I was able to photograph will satisfy the demands of those who visit this site.

    Starting with guitars, the following pages have been updated:

    LEE -- Custom F-Hole Blaster, Tele Deluxe 1, Tele Deluxe 3, Subsonic, Coral Jazzblaster, Green Jazzblaster, White Jazzblaster, Fernandes Strat, Wood Jag, Travis Bean, Univox, Epiphone.

    THURSTON -- Gold Jazzmaster, Sunburst Jazzmaster, Red Jazzmaster, New Drifter. (I didn't photograph his blue, black, or seafoam Jazzmasters since I already had fairly good pictures of them and not much film...)

    KIM -- Les Paul Junior, Eterna, Ibanez, P-bass, Gibson Bass.

    JIM -- Gibson Bass, Bigsby Tele, Firebird, Stingray.

    Now for the real fun... EFFECTS PEDALS! You can see full descriptions of their rigs by clicking each member's name at the top of the page and scrolling down to 2002 effects, but since some people apparently have a hard time finding that section (?!) I'll identify the new photographs here:

    LEE -- Big Muff & Sparkle Drive, Digitech Delay, Tube Factor, Ibanez Delay, MXR Blue Box, Voodoo Lab Pedal Power, Line 6 Delay, Moogerfooger expression pedal & Ring Modulator

    THURSTON -- Mutron Wah/Vol, E-H Big Muff, Turbo Rat, Octave Fuzz, MXR Phase 90 + Blue Box

    KIM -- Wide shot of Delay, Moogerfooger, Micro Synth, Octave Fuzz, Wide shot of Turbo Rat, Hot Tubes, DI, Volume Pedal, Tuner, Boss Delay, AC, Moogerfooger Phaser w/ Expression Pedal, Micro Synthesizer & Hendrix Octave Fuzz, Turbo Rat & Hot Tubes, DI box, Ernie Ball volume pedal, and Boss tuner

    JIM -- Moogerfooger Delay, Mutron Wah/Vol, Moogerfooger expression pedal, Boss Octave, ProCo Rat, Boss Equalizer, Maxon Overdrive, E-H Big Muff, E-H Small Stone, A/B box for bass/guitar amps, footswitches for amp A/B, Distortion, Reverb, Tremolo

    ...and if you're one of those people who finds something interesting about amps, well:

    LEE -- Bassman head, HiWatt head, Mesa/Boogie cab, w/ Toneworks Digital Tuner & ETA Systems Rack Illuminator on top

    THURSTON -- Peavey Roadmaster heads w/ Marshall cab + rack illuminator

    KIM -- Ampeg head & cab, Peavey Rockmaster head w/ Fender cabs

    JIM -- Mesa/Boogie Mark III w/ cab, Acoustic head w/ 2 cabs & ETA Rack Illuminator

    Alright, let's see, what else... wanna see Lee's organ? How about Lee and Jim's entire rack of guitars? (for those keeping score, Lee's sunburst tele was easily the heaviest of them all, if I recall...) How 'bout, uh... 4 guitars sitting around at the Amoeba Records in-store? Or.. um.. Nic Close trying to find a spare .036 string for Lee's F-Hole Blaster? ...Alright, I'm out. If anybody has a good picture of Lee's Univox from the first leg of the tour, I'd love to see it, otherwise that pretty much covers things for the Murray Street tour, folks!! Until next time...

    UPDATE 6/28/02

    uuuuuh just a few things. thurston has a new sun jazz i forgot to add...

    green blaster
    peace jr
    subsonic
    firebird
    red jazz T
    goo gtr silver
    sun jazz
    yellow trav
    tele F#GA
    white kent
    kimberly
    univox
    new drift

    UPDATE 6/21/02

    Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you...THE NEW DRIFTER!

    UPDATE 6/14/02

    Hi folks. Sorry about the lack of updates, I do still have a backlog of reader submitted info to add, but for now I offer some special info courtesy of a helpful sonic document from a former tech, primarily gauge info but a few new confirmed tunings + usages (see also tab site updates). Keep submitting info please, I'll add it soon... For now:

    gold jazz
    sun jazz
    white jazz
    red jazz
    GABDEG tele
    blue jazz
    drifter
    red jag
    duo
    expwy tele
    eterna
    sun p-bass
    tbird
    snoopy
    lp deluxe
    target trav
    tree tele
    fhole tele
    fruit tele
    fern strat
    clover jag
    leopard jag
    gtr castle
    SG
    old jag
    trav 2
    sunny tele
    bur. mist

    UPDATE 4/13/02

    Hi everybody! You may have noticed that the Gear Guide has changed locations -- from now on it shall live right here at sonicyouth.com. Big thanks to everybody involved in making this move possible, and thanks to everybody who continues to support the site. It will now be located at: http://www.sonicyouth.com/mustang/eq/gear.html -- please update any links/bookmarks/etc.

    Aside from the move, I've added a picture of Thurston's gold Jazzmaster here. More updates to come!

    previous update 3/27/02:

    pretty big update, folks... i've added notes for all guitars used @ all tomorrow's parties and updated a handful of other guitars thanks to info i received from folks who've checked out the site -- thank you all! please send me any info you think might help...

    however, the most significant addition is a series of photographs i took at lee's performance in seattle on march 20th at a tiny theatre (he played w/ the climax golden twins, providing a soundscape underneath leah singer's films). the theatre was very tiny and i had the opportunity to take a slew of pictures of his gear before the show, which are all available on Lee's page. 2 in the amp section, and 16 in the effects section (under 2002). enjoy!

    here's a list of guitars updated:

    old jag (mystery solved??)
    wood jag (...or not?)
    blue jazzmaster
    seafoam jazzmaster
    black jazzmaster
    maroon les paul
    gold jazzmaster (new guitar)
    tele deluxe
    travis bean
    travis bean (koa)
    f-hole jazzblaster
    cream jazzmaster (new picture!)
    orange jazzmaster
    green strat
    green jazzblaster
    eterna
    ibanez
    snoopy 2 les paul
    les paul junior
    firebird
    tele deluxe
    ibanez roadstar
    fernandes jazz
    fernandes vertigo
    superstar acoustic
    carson j robinson
    hopf telster
    red stang
    favilla acoustic
    kent 12
    blue p-bass
    ovation
    keanu p-bass

  • RELOAD ALL GUITARS

    ...reloads the full list of guitars/basses in left frame. note that some guitars are only viewable thru here -- they're not tied to a specific owner so this is where they show up. also, another note to anyone who's still reading, some guitars are shared between band members and while lee may have used it live and thurston may have used it in a video, i only count it as lee's guitar. if both have used it live, it shows up on both of their lists.